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a rainy start to this sunday morning. could that rain soon turn to snow or ice? police launch a massive effort to keep drunk drivers off the roads this holiday season. and it isn't just drivers they're targeting. and you won't see him on the golf course any time soon. now you'll see less of tiger woods in one of his major sponsor's ads. we'll tell you which one. good morning, everyone. welcome to fews 4 today. let's get right to the forecast. chuck bell is in storm center 4 with the latest. a little rain this morning. good morning, chuck. >> good morning. yes, a little raindrops falling
down across the washington area this morning. there's a little freezing rain and sleet still mixed in at times as well. go ahead and show you the current advisories we have in place. we do have a winter weather advisory for montgomery county maryland, frederick county, maryland, washington and howard counties, all the panhandle of west virginia and most of northern virginia, west of i-95. fairfax and prince williams county are not included,or is the district of column columbia. most of west of i-95 is included. frozen precipitation goes through 10:00 this morning. temperatures are hovering just above the freezing mark right for you. dew points are still in the upper 20s. atmosphere not completely saturated. there is a little rain falling and this-t will fall down into the air and lower the temperatures down to the freezing mark over the next couple of hours. that's the reason for the opportunity. you have a little wintry precipitation around here. most of the threat tapers off between 9:00 and 10:00. we'll be in store for a cold,
nasty, rainy sunday. we'll be in the upper 40s before the day is done. top u.s. diplomats in cuba is trying to find out why a washington area man is being detained. the unidentified man was distributing cell phones, laptops and other communications equipment on behalf of the obama administration. cuban authorities have been holding him since december 5th. he works for alternatives, inc. they released a statement saying, our prime concern is for the safety, well-being, quick return of the individual to the united states. we been working closely with the state department to make sure the safety and well-being is given top priority. it's that type of year. family gatherings, holiday parties and a spike in drunk driving. police are created a task force to keep the roads safe. derek ward reports from about thes da on this drunk driving crackdn. >> reporter: these lights are intended to get you into the holiday spirit. these lights are keeping you from getting into too much of
the other spirit. jurisdictions across the area are participating in the holiday impaired driving task force. >> the week before thanksgiving we began, 15 officers every week enforcing our dui laws in montgomery county. >> reporter: while there are just over a dozen officers involved on the task force, that they've been busy since thanksgiving. >> as of last night 160 people have been taken off the road, and that doesn't count what they're doing tonight. >> reporter: the roadside component is probably the most visible part of the campaign but it's not the only part. >> we will send in underage volunteers to ensure that establishments who are selling alcohol to be consumed on the premises or to be taken out are properly identifying people and ensuring they are 21 years of age. >> reporter: the citations generate revenue but that's not the only reason the campaign is there. more than 160 people taken off the roads for impaired driving
could represent 160 accidents that didn't happen. >> and maybe some fatalities as well. >> reporter: derek ward, news 4. this morning a hernd man remains behind bars charged with killing his wife and stuffing her body into a suitcase. police say jamie kuhne went to police friday with a written note confessing to the crime. investigators then found the woman's body in a suitcase at the couple's apartment. police say kuhne dropped the couple's 1-year-old son off at day care but police believe the child was home during the murder. neighbors of the couple say the victim and her son were fre vendly. >> the little boy and their mom, they were out a lot. i only saw the father a few times. he didn't speak. he was very quiet. but the mom and the little boy, she was very friendly. >> police say they had been to the apartment three times before due to calls of arguments between the couple. today marks one week since a mother in utah disappeared and police are calling the case
highly suspicious. 28-year-old susan powell has not been seen since last sunday night. a friend stopped by her house but left because powell wasn't feeling well. powell's husband josh says he took their two young sons camping after she went to bed. it was after midnight and below freezing. he says his wife was gone when he returned the next day. police have questioned him but have not named him as a suspect. >> do you have any idea where she is? >> we do hope to and intend to re-interview him again. >> what do you think happened to her? >> nothing good. nothing good at all. >> officers found so you san powell purse and cell phone at home. friends say she wouldn't have left her two boys behind. in oregon crews have found the body of a missing climber on mt. mohood but two others are still missing. they were last seen friday after setting out on a climbing trip. they did not have a locator beacon with them. conditions were treacherous with
low visibility. a special holiday treat for 150 children who are part of the boys and girls club of greater washington. the nationals hosted the kids at the espn zone in northwest washington yestery. the nats treated the club members to a free meal, $10 game cards and some presents. some of the washington nationals were on hand to play games with the children. looks like fun. 6:06 is your time, 36 degrees. we'll be back with your forecast and chuck bell.
it was a little rainy this morning. >> a little bit. >> i thought i saw frost or something. >> yes, well, temperatures are very -- i don't doubt you saw something. i will not testify as to what it may be. a little light rain coming down right now. nothing sticking around town just yet but the dew points and the temperatures are not the same. that means the atmosphere isn't completely saturated. that means as the raindrops fall down into that unsat ray rated air, it can lower the temperature. the meteorology term for it is evaporational cooling. yes, indeed. as those rain drops fall down through, could lower the temperatures back down through the slightly freezing mark for those in the northern and western parts of our fine viewing area. outside on a cloudy and cold sunday morning, just a little light rain falling here in the washington area right now.
current temperature, hovering just above the freezing mark. right at 36 now at reagan national airport with a light south breeze at 5 miles per hour. there's that dew point temperature at 28. as long as the dew point temperatures stay below freezing there will be an opportunity for a little glazing of ice, especially in the high spots north and we of town. a little check. last time we had a december colder than average was four years ago, 2005. here's the latest on the advisories. again, the district, fairfax and prince george's counties, not included in the winter weather advisesry. montgomery is, loudoun county is, all the spots north and west. basically along and to the north side of interstate 9537 that's where the greatest risk is for a little potential light icing this morning. you can see temperatures hovering just a couple deges above the freezing mark in most spots. a live check of doppler. a few line raindrops around town. steadier showers along interstate 270 into upper montgomery county. watch out, especially bridges
and overpasses, any exposed surfaces might be likely to freeze up first thing this morning. no heavy rain out there just yet. a little break in the action across prince willi county down toward manassas and dale city. more rain well down to our south and west. this is what's coming our way for later on this afternoon. good news for us, by the time that big area of rain gets here, everybody will be well above the freezing mark. we won't have any winter weather concerns. really, our main concern is between now and about 10:00 this morning. temperatures now, mostly in the mid-30s around here. again, there's that big pocket of very dry air. once that dry air is displaced, things will get easier from a forecasting standpoint by later on this afternoon. again, there's that big push of moisture. as it comes our way, it's going to bring a lot of warm air from the gulf of mexico in as well. as a result, anything that starts as a little slipperiness goes over to all rain by late morning and early afternoon. then this whole thing blows through and we should be back to a little sunshine as we head towards your monday and maybe a
little bit into tuesday for our next little chance of a sprinkle or shower comes our way. there's the extended forecast. 45 today. a little mix first thing this morning. going over t all rain. 50 degrees tomorrow. 55 on tuesday. with just a slight chance of a passing shower. then some much colder air comes in as we head towards wednesday, thursday, friday. highs only in the upper 30s to near 40. it will be arctic sunshine for the second half of the week. >> okay. when you say much colder air, it worries me. >> it will be dry, though. >> good. a rough night for the caps and wizards. we have highlights from both teams' games in this morning's "sports minute." good morning, everyone. your "sports minute" begins with capitals on the road last night in toronto. caps arrived in candidate day of the game after having problems taking off from dulles the night before. niklas backstrom gave the caps a 2-0 lead but the maple leaves stormed back to win 6-3.
caps play the next three games on the row road. nba, wizards appeared to have a victory wrapped up against a pacers but foul on dunleavy. hits both free throws giving indiana a one-point lead. wizards had one last shot but not enough time for a good one. they lose a heartbreaker. big night for college football. heisman trophy presentation in new york. alabama running back mark ingram wins the prestigious award in the closest vote ever. third straight sophomore to win the heisman. on the field yesterday, navy and army meeting for the 100th time. ricky daubz scored his 100th rushing touchdown of the season, setting the record for most rushing t dchltz by a quarterback. that's your "sports minute." have a great day. next up on nbc 4, reporters notebook and stories affecting your community. we'll be back in 15 minute with the morning's top stories and your sunday forecast.
for now, here's pat lawson mousse. welcome to "reporter's notebook." we begin with the shooting at northern virginia college. it appeared a jammed hunting rifle presented tragedy on the campus last week. this student, 20-year-old jason hamilton angry over a bad mh grade decided to get back at his math teacher. hamilton fired on the teacher. he missed. he tried to fire again. the gun jammed, thankfully. the incident brought back memories of virginia tech where the outcome was much different. and so is the campus response. tell us how we saw the lessons of virginia tec played out here on the nova campus, guys. >> well, there was a quick response. the teacher was able to get the students to notify 911. they are much more connected. everybody's much more prepared for this kind of incident since
virginia tech. so if there is ailver lining, if there ever could be one in the virginia tech shooting, it is that more college campuses have done drills, they're more -- they have rapid -- more rapid response initiatives. and that played out here. but it was also good -- quick thinking on the teacher's part. she's got to be commended, too. but for that gun jamming, no telling, we'd be talking about a different story today. >> i see it a lot different from the virginia tech cas in that that seemed to be a failure of tracking an individual in the criminal justice system who had a history of mental health issues. this, from all indications, a quiet kid, good student, people knew him when he was in this area. seemed totally out of character. there was no way to prepare for this. that's really, in a society where guns, hand guns, rifles in this case, are so prolific, it's
impossible to completely otect yourself against something like this happening. >> where he did he get the gun? >> a dick's sporting goods store, if i'm not mistake, just a few days before the incident where he passed the typical background check they do. >> and not far from the campus. >> that's right. >> one things out of this is the message that is leaves. hopefully this isn't a repeat thing, that we'll have more situations like this. who would haveer thought of northern virginia college being a campus where you have a shooting. it's always been a nice, quiet school, things like that. here we have a situation where a kid got angry, he took a gun, he committed a crime. and i would imagine that most college catch uses across not only this area, across the country now, there's a great sensitivity as to what security's going to be about. because you can't tell. like you hit it on the nail, you can't tell if a person's going to go crazy in one minute and start shooting up the campus.
>> it is scary. i teach at two different colleges. and there is -- one of them, there is just no security. i'm in a building that's basically secluded. and you don't know what is going to happen. just to make a little light of it, when i was teaching this week i said to my student, okay, now, i'm about to give you your grades but check your weapons at the door. but they were just horrified that a student would do -- would take out their anger like that. you have to think if we had time on this program to talk about how people now are doing -- what their doing with their individual anger on people. it's a trend throughout society. not just here. you know, it's no different than with the sniper, we didn't know when he was going to show up. you don't know would you say going to do what when, but we
have lost civility in our society. that's a conversation we need to have. it seems like little hope of regaining our civility. >> oh, yeah. >> you know, a lot of people argue with me on this point. and kids today grow up in a media we didn't grow up in. >> right. >> the video game itself, and i am sorry, i go out on the limb and say, video games are violent. and if your kids sits there six hours a day to video games, they're going to try that. >> and they're exposed to violence in so many other ways. >> that's true. >> i think there are are a lot of sources of our children and even us as adults being desensitized. resolution skills are go we need to look at. that has little to do with video games. it has a lot to do with parenting. >> we're talking about an incident that happened on a college campus. this college, nova, is going to be on the new governor's agenda
in his next -- in his new administration. we're starting to see him put his cabinet together. we're getting some idea of what his priorities are going to be. what are we seeing? >> well, already he's announced that he's going to look at the closure of the rest areas -- >> re-opening them. >> anybody traveling those major roads would like to see those re-opened. so that's going to put some money back in for that. also according to a story we have in "the washington times," he's going to re-examine what governor cain has said with regard to medical benefits going to same-sex partners. that shows he may bring back some of his conservative social agenda as he starts to frame and craft his administration. >> and he's putting his cabinet together. he's appointed the lieutenant governor, bill bowling to the
new position of chief jobs creation officer. >> you know, there's concern there. what is ts new job creation of jobs? because here would he talking about a very conservative person. remember, lieutenant -- bill bowling was a very conservative man. fiscally conservative and socially conservative. and it makes you wonder where mcdonald's going to go. because people in the education community are very worried in virginia about cuts that are going to come down the line. you eluded to it when you talked about nova college. university of virginia, they have always been on edge about the cuts possibly going to come down the line. >> i think it's interesting when we talk about the politics of conservativism or liberalism or being progressive. the first thing we hear about in a governor -- in a -- what do you call it? incumbent governor or governor-elect. the first thing we hear is that he's going to create a new bureaucracy. where is he going to find this money to re-open these rest
stops? the biannual budget looks like there's such a deficit. i just find it interesting that he's talking about, you know, expanding expenditure rather than -- >> we're appointeding this person who is a conservative, like himself. and he's also -- >> well, that's one job. >> one job. one of the other appointments we read ba-b this week is for the chamber, for the business office. that says to me, signals that we will see more pro-business legislation come out of this governor, especially small businesses that conservatives believe will generate jobs. >> we got to take a break.
each classroom could have at least one additional student in it. studenterry weist is preparing f for the worst, hoping for the best. what else can he dob? >> be out on the trail, promoting his budget, which we see in preparation for the general assembly. it comes -- >> he's lob cannying. >> lobbying. after leggette has done state of montgomery address in which he said, you know, they're going to are to tighten their belt. so he's trying to get out in fron of this curve. you know, this budget wave that he knows is going to have a great impact on -- and the services he's going to be able to provide. >> what kind of an impact would these cuts have? >> it's an inevitable impact. it's definitely going to have an impact. last year on metro talk i remember leggette saying the fact that he was afraid they might have to lay off teachers.
he kept saying this over and over and over again. and i guess for you the roost has come home because that's what's going to happen. the big thing here, pat, is the fact it will do something to harm some of those very good programs in montgomery county where african-american students and students from other immigrant community have really excelled in math and reading. >> i'm wondering how -- what impact this could have on the whole mind set of education, which seems to have evolved into something akin to teach the test. now, what does that mean? if you're increasing class sizes, that means less individual attention, less focus on these steps, the hurdles these school systems have to cross in order to continue to be accredited. i think this speaks to what's happening across the country. in some instances we see test scores going up. but a raise in test score does not mean more benefits or more resource for any system we see.
>> and if you -- if we boil it all down, we are still in a down economy. the tax revenue has not been generated. that supports the educational programs of public schools that we would like to see because we would like toee our children educated to a level. by the te they get to college, you still are teaching them how -- that a sentence has a verb, a noun and a predicate. doing that in entry level college classes. it's frightening. >> we should say that the county's budget review will be completed next june. we'll see what happens there. meanwhile, in the district facing questions of ethics. d.c. council chair gray faces two separate investigations by city agencies. one focuses on hisolitical fund-raising activities and a second city agency is raising questions about remodeling done on a southeast d.c. home.
is it southeast? northeast? >> southeast. >> whether he get the proper permits. both probes as he weigh his race for mayor. he says he's done nothing wrong. he'll cooperate with the investigation. we should also say that gray has never faced ethics questions before. how do you think any of this will affect his decision on whether or not to run for mayor? >> i don't think it has any -- i don't think it's -- well, it's going to -- he's going to think about it but i don't think it's going to change anybody's mind in the neighborhoods and communities. but my question here, though, is why all of a sudden are we finding some knpicky situationsn gray when it comes to dcra, department of xhurm affairs, because if anyone investigating gray on not having permits, we better shut down the city of d.c. because a lot of people putting up decks, daiglings to the house. dcra is one of the worst agencies in the district goth o
government to come out and enforce any regulation or law -- >> in your opinion. >> it's political. >> well, he said he wasn't aware permits were required. jim allen has also alluded to possible political motivations here. >> well, this in the climate of people investigating marion berry's contracts and vicente, parking and recollect rags, funneling money here and there. if you run for mayor, you might expect every stone being unturned. >> should we expect deeper investigations here? >> don't forget that vincent gray is asked a private lawyer to do the investigation of the council earmarks that i said back when -- in the summer when it was also about barry that
that was opening up a real can of worms. i think we're going to see much more investigation. we're going to see many more findings about these kind of things. but i think in the grand scheme of things, vincent gray's house repairs are going to be miniscule by the time we get through the graham scandal, the barry scandal, vicente contracts. so i wouldn't say he's squeaky clean but i think he's going to come out better than some of these other people. that's why you haven't heard him say, i'm absolutely not going to run, because if this was really hurting him, we -- he would have said, i'm going to stay as council chair by now. >> but this is going to be a very, very crazy election years coming up. we'll hear about this, investigations and all. everybody will try to pull everybody's name out of hat they
are accused of something. >> i think, yeah, i think they brought in one of the bennett brothers. bob bennett to do the -- william, one of them, to do the investigation. like they said -- >> this is a good thing. it's healthy for the city to have these kind of investigations. and, you know, let the chips fall where they may. >> adrian, jerry, jim, thanks a lot. thank you for being with us. that's "reporter's notebook." "news 4 today" continues. tiger woods scandal is helping sell plenty of tabloid and boosting sales ofne book you've probably never heard of. we'll explain. could the success of health care reform rest on the shoulders of this woman. why some experts say olympia snowe could be the deciding factor. a real life grinch steals thousands of dollars from a charity that's hoping to help the less fortunate this holiday season.
good morning, everybody. welcome back to "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. let's check back with chuck bell for our forecast. >> good morning to everyone. cloudy skies moved in overnight since you bent to bed and a little light rain is falling across parts of the area as well. temperatures are mostly just above the freezing mark. but that doesn't take us completely out of the rick of a little bit of light, freezing rain here in the early morning hours of our sunday. montgomery county, frederick county and washington counties in maryland impacted across the panhandle of west virginia and northern virginia under winter weather advisory until 10:00 a.m. southern maryland also not included. you can see current temperatures now. mid-30s right around town. dew points are in the upper 20s to 30s. we could see a little freezing
rain here. you can see it on the radar. most of it's fairly light at this point in time. as you know, evenust a little freezing rain sometimes can make some those bridges and overpasses and sidewalks a little on the slippery side. use extreme caution between 10:00 this morning but it will all be 40-degree rain by later this afternoon. >> we'll check in with you later. thank you, xhuk. gillette announced it is dropping tiger woods from its adverting. the company says it's honoring the embattled golfer's request for privacy. brian mooar has the story. >> reporter: hours after tiger woods announced he was taking an indefinite hiatus from golf, gillette announced it was phasing the world's most successful pitchman out of its advertising. as tiger takes a break from the public eye, gillette says, we will support his desire for privacy by limiting his role in our marketing programs. >> i think gillette has no choice in the matter but to
limit tiger's profile considering how egregious this situation has been. >> reporter: it was an extraordinary week of bad publicity. a parade of alleged mistresses sullying his squeaky clean image. nike is standing behind its billion dollar man but at&t says it's evaluating its relationship. tiger was the face of the global management firm accenture and now he's been banished with the company website. woods met the scandal head-on friday, admitting to infidelity in a message on his website. it may not be possible to repair the damage i've done, but i want to do my best to try, he said. i need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father and person. tiger woods, taking a hiatus but not getting a break. tiger woods is paying a steep price. his absence is expected to hurt the pga tour's bottom line at a
time when it's already struggling. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. tiger's troubles have turned into good fortune for an obscure british scientist. the author of a book called "get a grip on new physics" sales have skyrocketed since it was photographed on the floor of his vehicle that crashed. it jumped from almost 400,000th place on amazon's best seller's list to 226. >> it's called "get a grip ". people thought maybe it was about improving his golf swin if he read it proper elhe would know you couldn't drive the car into a fire hydrant and get off scot-free. >> the book was almost out of print so secondhand copies are a hot commodity. he does not get a dime from those sales. lawmakers are sharpening their swords in the battle over
health care reform. republicans are stepping up their criticism of the senate's bill saying it would cut care for senior citizens. yesterday they said the bill would increase costs, meaning higher insurance premiums for consumers. the gop says proposed cuts for medicare will put coverage for senior citizens at risk. >> if this bill were to be passed in the face of the overwhelming opposition of the american people, having failed to achieve the goal of holding down health care costs, it would be viewed as a historic mistake. >> and the senate bill comes with an $848 billion price tag. it is designed to cover 31 million uninsured americans. now to a woman to watch on one of the most important issues for many americans, health care. the senior senator from maine, republican olympia snowe has been front and center in the debate over new legislation and she is key in the president's efforts going forward. those who know her say her own
difficult life experiences have helped shape her thinking about health care. here's nbc's kelly o'donnell. >> reporter: the breakfast crowd at becky's diner knows. >> olympia snowe, nice to see her. >> reporter: her rote is one of the most sought after in washington. popular, some say beloved back home, olympia snowe has been popping in like this to visit small businesses for decades. 31 years serving in the house and now senate. a moderate republican. snowe says her days as a high school waitress started it all. >> i go back to on that experience when i had to talk to people, ask them their orders, have a give and take, my boss said you had to be friendly to the customers so i had to open up. >> reporter: she had much more to overcome than shyness. she lost both parents to illness at 9. at 26 her husband peter was killed in a car accident. tragedy, she says, taught her empathy. >> i learned that other people have tough experiences, even
though, you know, i may have suffered, other people suffered even worse. so, i learned to understand people's fears and anxieties. >> been out of work for months. >> reporter: today much of that fear and anxiety is about health care. >> what are you going to do on the government response? >> reporter: snowe wields leverage because she's koopd cooperated with democrats, gets special access to the president and the white house wants to win her over. snowe opposes the democrats' plan to offer health insurance run by the government. >> no, i don't have support of the public option but what i have -- >> i wish you would change your mind. >> reporter: olympia snowe's political style says a lot about where she comes from. here in maine, many people will tell you they expect their elected officials to show independence. >> thear right and far left don't do well here politically. it's the center of the political spectrum that holds. >> reporter: expert on maine politi
politics. >> many people want their for to be for the nation first, state second and party third. >> you have to do what you think is right because ultimately you have to explain it. you have to explain it to your constituents. you have to explain it to yourself. you have to explain it to the country. >> reporter: her independent streak is a risk with republicans in washington. but it's a trait often rewarded back home. kelly o'donnell, nbc news, bass, maine. >> don't forget to tune in at 10:30 to "meet the press" david gregory as he discusses the economy and its recovery. an historic day in texas. houston has become the nation's first major city to elect an openly gay mayor. parker won almost 54% of the vote yesterday. parker's sexual orientation became a focus of the race after critics sent other mailers condemning her sexual behavior. she says her election has changed the world. houston's is thenation's fourth largest city. several small cities have openly gay mayors such as providence,
oregon, cambridge, massachusetts. 38 degrees. still to come on "news 4 today," you've heard the saying, be true your school but we'll take you to one university that's being true to its students and trusting those kids with millions of its dollars. and the wizards end up on the wrong end of a thrilling game. highlights
in charlotte, north carolina, police say two people broke into a salvation army red kettle warehouse. the robbers held two workers at gunpoint and ordered them to lie on the floor. police say they then stole about $4,000 in cash and about a dozen empty kettles. none of the workers was hurt. employees say they're concerned robbers might use the red kettles to do their own fund-raising. terrible story. as we take a look at the week ahead in the world of business. >> another big week for president obama. he kicks things off monday by meeting with leaders from 12 of the nation's biggest banks. on the table, the economy, paying back bailout money, how to jumpstart lending and also financial regulatory reform. later in the week, the president heads off to copenhagen to join other world leaders for the end of the united nations climate change conference. is it time for the federal reserve bank to raise interest
rates? ben bernanke meets this week to decide whether to keep key rate at their current historic low levels or bump them up a bit to help the sagging u.s. dollar. two readings on inflation, wholesale prices and consumer prices, that's what you and i pay for goods at the cash register. there may be more good news in real estate. housing starts, construction of new homes, they are expected to rise again when we see the data. federal express says on monday it will ship an estimated $13 million packages, making it their busiest day of the year for deliveries. it is that time of year, nominations for golden globe for film and television show. get all your business news on cnbc, which is now celebrating its 20th year. if you had millions of dollars to invest, especially in this fragile economy, would it hand it over to a group of college kids? meet these students whose track record is better than many big money managers. this select group of 15 college
seniors working at the school of business in the university of dayton are charged with managing nearly $11 million of the university's endowment. >> at first you feel a little nervous, but as it goes on, you feel very proud that what you're doing is helping your university and helping the future of it. >> not only have the student beaten the school's professional money managers, they've beaten their s&p 500 benchmark for the past ten years. trustees believe in their student' ability, so much fact, they're including the total amount of the investment fund by 5% this year. talk about -- >> i like it. >> talk about on-the-job training. as soon as they gduate they'll work wherever they want. >> or stay there and manage the school's money. that's a job. >> then you have to pay them, though. >> that's true. >> they're getting the best free service. >> better yet, they're charging them to go to school there. that's a win on both sides for them. >> i know. >> outside, we have a little wintry weather coming our way. first thins thing on your sunday
it's not going to be snow. how about that? >> okay, well, there you go in a nutshell. >> no snow at all for us. the atmosphere is not set up to make snow over us. but that's not going to leave us completely out into the clear because the temperatures are very close to the freezing mark and a little light rain is starting to fall right now. there will be some light icing across some of the areas. especially in the higher terrain north and west of washington. be very careful on your way out the door on your sunday morning. no matter where you plan on going. oisd it is cloudy and cold. there are the ever so festive parking garages although reagan national airport decked out in holiday red and green. very cold and very wet outside first thing this morning in a lot of spots. a little shine on the pavement at reagan national at the departures wing. 36 degrees is the current temperature at the airport. dew point, 28. that's important because as rain falls down through the atmosphere, it will lower the temperature until it reaches the dew point. as a result, we have to watch oufor light freezing rain.
last time we had a december colder than average was four years ago. december 2005, three degrees colder. right now, here you go, the check of the winter weather advisories across the area. winter weather adviry, montgomery, howard, frederick counties, across the panhandle of virginia. fredz rick burg, stafford, fairfax county, northern-southern maryland not in the advisory. here's a check of temperatures. dangerously close to the freezing mark right now. and with dew point temps blow that as the rain drops fall, they will lower the temperatures down some places broe the freezing mark. live doppler, a little mix of rain with freezing rain now. weather watcher tom in upper montgomery county says a little light icing at his place not too far from damascus. some of these rain drops are starting to freeze.
especially to some of the exposed surface. a little break in the action now across much of northern virginia. that won't last long, though. there's more rain down to our south and west. some of this is mixing in with a little freezing rain at this point in time. that's all part of a larger weather system which as it brings heavier rain in, it will also bring warm air in aloft. as a result, the rain and a little freezing rain we have this morning will change over to aall rain by later on this afternoon and we'll be stuck with a very cold and wet sunday around here. be ready for that. high pressure leaving the eastern sea board. low pressure across the tennessee river valley. that's all coming in. brings that milder air in. as a result, we'll have a half an inch to some spots maybe as much as an inch of rain by later on today. most comes to an end when the sun goes down and we'll get back to sunshine for tomorrow. a little icing this morning, going over to all rain later today. travel troubles should be limited to half the day.
50 tomorrow, sunshine back. 55 on tuesday. chance of a light little passing shower on tuesday. and then some arctic sunshine and breezy cold weather comes in the second half of the week. >> arctic sunshine? >> arctic sunshine. >> all right, thank you. another heartbreaking loss for the wizards. we have highlight this this morning's sports. good morning, everyone. the widz ardz have underachieved with a 7-3 record. last night when you thought they might be turning things around they found another way to disappoint. you have to see it to believe it appear. at ver sdwlon center flip saunders watches his team fight back from a deficit. jamison had a team high 31 point. as for gilbert, he had a pretty good nice. still in the third, gilbert with the ball, drives strong to the bucket, draws contact, makes the circus layup nifty. fouled. went for a triple-double. big three combined for 76 point. wizards up two, things get
interesting. 0.5 to go, indiana with a chance to win it, inbounds pass to mike dunleavy under the bucket, thoughs it up, no good. it's over,right? nope. they call a foul on haywood so dunleavy goes to the free throw line, he makes the first one. gilbert can't bear to watch the second. second free throw on the way, it's good. wizards have a chance with 0.1 of a second. mcgee, his attempt, throws it up, no good. the wizards find another way to lose. they fall 114-113 to the pacers. ouch is right. down awe level, maryland hosting eastern connecticut. terps up three in transition, drives the bucket, gets it to go. gravis with 20 point off the bench. second half, good ball movement by maryland.
out to hayes, knocks down the triple. maryland leads by five. hayes finishes with 16 point. under two to go. hayes has the ball, drives, misses but millborn with the rebound and put back. had 19 point. terps win it 83-72. after their overtime winfrey night against carolina, the capitals were scheduled to fly to toronto. instead, they were sent home because their plane had mechanical problems so the caps didn't get to toronto until later yesterday afternoon. so, their pros, they should be okay, right? at might be true. everything wasn't okay on the ice. boudreau back in toronto, his home to know town. caps up 1-0. backstrom with the puck, leaves it for ovechkin. passes it back to him, sneaks in front and scores. it's backstrom's second goal of the night. but toronto comes back big time. down 3-2 and on the offensive. chaos here in front of the net.
loose puck, hagman get it, spins and beats rookie net minder. game knotted 3-3. we move to the third period, maple leafs up a goal, caps on the power play. they turn it over. two-on-three. matt stajan feeds stempniak, he scores a shorthanded goal going down. one of the biggest nights in college football, heisman trophy presentation in downtown new york. alabama running back mark ingram wins the award in the closest vote ever. ingram is the third straight sophomore to win the heisman. meantime, navy quarterback ricky daubs, hoping to unrun for president in 200 ran into the record books yesterday afternoon setting the single season mark for most rushing touchdowns by a qb. navy's mascot, the billy goats had a front row seat. daubs with his first army/navy game, memorable. to the air, a 25 yard scoring
trike to curry. mids up 10-3. the fourth quarter, navy coach so nervous, can't even watch. hope he didn't miss this, though. second and goal, daubs rushes left and there it is. his 24th rushing touchdown. that's the record, folks. navy wins it 17-3. captures its seventh straight commander in chief trophy. championship saturday for three of our area high school football teams. stonebridge going for its second crown in three years but lose 15-10. lake brad dock's quest falls short in a 35-21 defeat. good news, broad rahn coming home as back-to-back champs. the spartans take control from the get go. jessup to fleming, and then in the third quarter, jessup hits thomas on the run, scoots in for the touchdown. broad run taking it to amherst. then in the fourth, broad run comes up huge. jessup throws to david weaver.
weaver does the rest. scoring from about 30 yards out. that's it. broad run wins it 21-16. congratulations to them. it's their second straight championship. charlottesville for division 6 state championship. late second quarter, qb takes it from one yard out. dives in for the score. his 24th rushing td of the season. bruins cut the lead to seven. bruins down 21-7, out of the shotgun, one of the best qbs in the fashion. didn't have his best game. picked off by mike edmonds. he returns it 22 yards for the touchdown. lake brad dock falls 35-21. a heart-breaker for the bruins. head coach mickey thompson and stone bridge in a division 5 state final. stone bridge trails 9-3. colby goodwin, fields at his own 2 yard line. mr. goodwin, a talented young man, avoids a couple tackles. an abundance of running on this
play. goodwin goes 98 yards for the touchdown, his second td of the day. ensuing stone bridge possession, bulldogs down to the 1 yard line, harris muscles his way in from 6. cuts the lead to five. stone bridge trails by five, they need 12 yards for the first down but brian roady over the middle, picked off. it was the third turnover by the bulldogs. that seals the game. what a season for the bulldogs. they finish with a 12-2 record and likely be back in contention next year. that's your morning sports. have a great day. a bit of chaos in d.c. this weekend all in the name of holiday cheer. these are scenes from something called santarkey. a band of 200 santas that turned out in front of the white house yesterday. they call it a nonprofit,
good morning, everyone. i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today" for sunday, december 13, 2009. let's get a check on the all-important forecast with chuck bell in storm center 4. good mning. >> good morning. i'm in a good sunday morning, everyone. it is indeed a cold and wet start across much of the area. first thing, there is a winter weather advisory for many of your northern and western suburbs. montgomery county, maryland s included. fairfax and prince william counties in northern virginia, not included. the district and prince george's county also not included. but most everywhere north and west of i-95 is included in a winter weather advisory that
goes until 10:00 this morning. temperatures are hovering just above the freezing mark. but with light rain falling in and dew point temperatures still below freezing, as a result some of those raindrops are cooling the air mass down just to the freezing mark. so we are getting some reports of a little light icing now. upper montgomery county into frederick county, maryland, also into the panhandle of west virginia. we'll have to watch this closely for the next couple of hours. temperatures will be climbing well above the freezing mark before noontime today and into the low and mid-40s by later on this afternoon. it is going to be a wet and ugly day to be on the outside. just a little slipperiness here around the area for the next couple of hours. be careful of that. but aft that, all clear but cold and wet. >> okay, thank you very much, chuck. top u.s. dips in cuba are trying to find out why a washington area man is being detained there. the unidentified man was distributing cell phones, laptops and other communications equipment on behalf of the obama administration. cuban authorities have been holding him since december 5th. the man works for bethesda based
alternative inc. they released a statement saying our prime concern is for the safety, well-being and quick return to the united states of the detained individual. we have been working closely with the state department to ensure that the detainee's safety and well-being is given top priority. this morning a herndon man remains behind bars charged with killing his wife and stuffing r body into a suitcase. police say jamie kuhne went to police friday with a written note confessing to the crime. investigators then found the woman's body in a suitcase at the couple's apartment. police say kuhne dropped the 1-year-old son off at day care but police believe the child was home during the murder. and in montgomery county the police department has created a task force to keep the roads safe this holiday season. the officers are enforcing the county's dui laws and they have made over 160 arrests since thanksgiving. the task force is also using underage volunteers to make sure establishments are properly checking ids and not selling liquor to minors.
next is numbers 4's viewpoint. we'll be back with an update. new good morning, welcome to "viewpoint" i'm pat lawson mousse. this is the season of giving. this morning on "viewpoint" we highlight the works of three organizations making a huge difference here in the washington community. while economic indicator suggests the end of the recession is here or near, for many nonprofits the work is never ending. thankfully neither is the support for or the interest in the work that these groups are doing. joining us are brendan jones. executive director of the park hand communitier is center. ro jason king is president of an organization called turning the page. thank you for joining us and happy holidays to all of you. miss jones, i want to start with you. you are celebrating a special
anniversary. 30 years at the parkland's community center. tell us what parkland's community center does. >> parkland's community center provides supportive services at this time for adults, low-income adults living and homeless families. >> now, what's interesting about your story is that you started it. >> that's right. >> 30 years ago. >> that's right. >> while living there. >> that's right. yes. i saw a need back in late '70s. we were witnessing a lot of young people in possession of guns. i said, my goodness, we need to do something about it. i wanted to be part of the solution. so i talked with the management of the parkland apartment complex at that time, and he allowed me to open up -- he allowed me space at 21st and mississippi avenue to open up a community center. so we've been doing -- first starting out with programs for
children and youth. and now we're concentrating on parents. >> and you have children of your own? >> i had children at the time. that was one of your motivating influences. >> oh, yeah. trying to get them involved with something constructive and positive rather than getting involved in the drug world. >> which was tough then and it's tough now. >> oh, yes. the peer pressure was great during those times. there was a lot of enticement with money, fast money. and of course, this is a low income community so a lot of people got involved. a lot of the young people got involved. and then you had the parents, unfortunately, became addicted to drugs and the young people were chir dealers, their children were their dealer. we felt an urgent need to try to gather as many young people, engij them in positive activities. >> i'd like to switch to the asian of my american lead organization.
rosettetell us about your organization, what you're doing. >> very good things. asian-american lead is a grassroots organization, community-based. what we strive to serve the needs of low income children and youth k thugh 12 and their families. these are low income, mostly immigrant families from all over asia. and obviously there's an influx from southeast asia as well. how i got involved, i've always been interested in nonprofits because i came here as a student. when i decided to stay in this country, i really felt the responsibility of, you know, bringing my own children into a society that welcomes them. and then as i get more and more engaged, what i realize is that the stereotype or image of asian-americans, it's very much biased to just the successful
people. we talk of the myth of the asian-americans, asian are highly educated, don't have any issues. why this may be true of a sector of our population, it then tends to create a policy of benign neglect where people, especially immigrants, that are uneducated or coming from war-torn countries, pretty much become invisible and their needs are not being addressed. that's what asian-american are-s all about. >> the issues, some of the issues that you're dealing with are some of the same issues that brenda's children deal with, but the perceptions, you say are one of the main differences. >> exactly. you see, the thing is it also has an impact on the children and the families as well. because they realize that something must be wrong with me. if i'm not going home with all
perfect scores. or if i have -- >> because this is what people expect of me? >> exactly. the choices of children are very narrowed. also, they begin to have very low self-image about themselves if they are not one of those that fit into the successful, the stereotype of what an asian-american shoulbe in this country. >> how many children do you seven? >> we saw actually in the d.c. region, we are also -- beside washington, d.c. re are also in montgomery county, maryland, so we serve anywhere between 300 and 350 student a year. >> and do you find that there are adequate supports in the children are going to or are they facing the same perceptions on the part of educators that they face from their peers? >> unfortunately, the same applies to the schools as well. and that is, students or teachers and counselors tend to
work within their comfort zone. a lot of the times when students bring up issues of being bullied or the misconception of that their parents are engaged when their parent can't even read their report cards. and as our students become teenagers, the gap between themselves and their parents widen because the students get acclimated. they learn english. and yet where is the parents? still working so many jobs. and kind of like working within a ghetto. and so this is where we come in. what we try to do is become add voe katsd of our students. >> we'll continue to talk about the work you're doing and introduce turning the page.
welcome back. we're talking about good works, the works of three organizations that serve residents here in the washington area. these are very different organizations but with similar problems. jason king, you're president of turning e page. tell us about turning the page. >> thank you for having me. we as an organization empower or d.c. parents to be educator of our children and we're working with them to be stronger leaders in their school communities while linking their students, students in d.c. public schools to some of the city's greatest resources. the idea behind our group is to really bring the communities together and support our student. the challenge we face and ensuring graduation rates increase, students prepare for college are so immense. what we're thinking about is the full community, the parent, how can a parent most engage with their own children and how can they actually improve the schools as well working together with teachers and community organizations. >> and are these city schools or schools in the entire region? >> d.c. public schools currently, yes, we' in seven
d.c. public schools and five, six, seven and eight. >> how did your organization get started and how long ago? >> almost 12 years ago now. we were started as an all-volunteer group, myself and a lot of our colleagues -- i had been practicing law at the time. now i do this full time for almost ten years. we saw a need in thechools and thought we could work together with teachers, with parents to improve studentout comes. we've been doing that now for almost ten years. >> so you're providing a link -- connecting link between the students and their parents and community. where do you see the biggest disconnect. >> i think the disconnect happens -- there's a lot of blame, unfortunately, that goes around when a student -- a school or a system struggles. unfortunately, what we had seen are parents and teachers struggle to work together on behalf of students. what we've been trying to do is find commonalities. we care about our students' achievement.
we bringing parents closer to teachers and teachers closer to parents. we've been blown away by the amount of teacher support we've had to really truly engage the parents. we're equally impressed by the parents, who really do want to get involved and help our schools improve. the parent engagement we heard was going to be very low. we were told we couldn't involve parents, couldn't involve community organizations, museums and others in our schools. we've seen exactly the opposite. parents want, desperately want to get involved. and in more complicated times than ever there's more to know. we're trying to provide them critical support. our parents and schools started parent-teacher organizations. they're getting involved in critical situations involving students we're told in a way parent would not do. likewise, the teachers have been wonderful in supporting parents, getting them involved and the principals of our schools as well have been critical in ensuring that we're welcome and t the parents are welcome and teachers are welcomed to reach out and engage the parent.
>> successful learning begins, i believe, with successful parenting. >> no doubt. >> you're actually a feeder organization for his group. because you're starting with the children at home in their communities where they have a lot of the issues and where they're presented with a lot of the challenges so early in life. even before they get to school. is that not tr? >> that's true, defitely, pat. in the last 30 years we have experienced a very sad time in the community in which we serve our clients. we've lost a lot of young lives. we've seen a lot of people go to jail. and we've -- people who 30 years ago, now they're parents, they're adults, who are still trying to recover from that era of drugs and violence. so we're working now with parent. we have a parent center where we provide parenting workshops, transformation workshops,
helping them to overcome all the trauma that a lot of them have gone through now. you're talking about youth today, a lot of these young people who are -- who are children of the parents who have gone through that era, that subculture now, who need themselves to be in some type of treatment. what time talking about is recovering from all the trauma they had to endure also. that their parent went through and now they're going through. so it's -- we're doing a lot of intervention with parents now. >> do you see the decline in the city's crime rate and murder rate? >> not -- no. i think when you have maybe one or two months of decline in the crime, then you have another two or three months of it spiking. we've been talking about crime going down, going up for the past, what, almost 25 years. until we start dealing with the poverty issue we have in
communities basically east of the river, until we start understanding that we need to strengthen families, strengthen parents' ability to be able to raise their own children, you're going to continue to have these problems we have with young people and crime. >> we've got to take a break. we'll continue our talk in just a moment.
good morning, i'm eun yang updating our top stories. tiger woods is being phased out of gillette's advertising. so far, nike is standing behind the golfer but at&t says it is re-evaluating their relationship. 30 investigators are now trying to figure out what happened to a mising mother in utah. 28-year-old susan powell has not been seen since last sunday night. powell's husband josh says he took their two young sons camps
after she went to bed. it was after midnight and below freezing. houston has become the nation's first mayor city to -- major city, rather, to elect an openly gya mayor. parker won almost 54% of the vote yesterday, her sexual orientation became a focus of the race after critics sent out mailers condemning her homosexual behavior. in her victory speech she says her election has changed the world. welcome back. we're talking with three organizations, turning the page, parkland community center and asian-american lead. rosetta is the executive director. we were talking to brenda about issues in inner city communities, the violence, how they're not seen in a lot of the neighborhoods in the city, the statistics played out, they're not seeing the decline in the violence. gangs are a big problem in this whole region. how does your organization help to address what's in some ways a
hidden gang problem in the asian community? >> definitely in this region the involvement of asian-american youth and youth in gangs, it's more invisible in a sense. we are not like in san francisco where like 80% of the students are asian. so we are still in terms of number in minority. and it is invisible in a sense that the students and the parents are so afraid to be stigmatized. the whole asian culture of saving face and preserving your honor, your family's reputation. somehow the students have a lot of struggle to say, well, what is my self-expression versus how do i project that onto my parents? and so in some way that mitigates the gang problem. however, it is not -- it does not go away. for example, we have students
who we know are involved with gangs. what we try to do is nip them in the bud. talk to the students. and then there is not the very strong peer pressure among asian student to be identified with a gang. >> tell us about in the d.c. area. >> tell us about some of the other programs that you have designed to target students and to help them overcome their issues, their personal self-perception issues as well as the issues they have to deal with with their peers. >> well, you know, as we evolve over the last 15 years, we also saw the need of our students and families have evolved. so currently our programs we really target on four outcome areas. the first one is academic attainment. and that is, students must improve their test scores and also must move from grade to grade and graduate from high school. so we set measurements every year. not that they necessarily all
have to go to college or become "a" student -- >> although that would be great. >> see, the thing is, especially for immigrants, educaon is the leveller. and then the second thing is we talk about positive self-identity, because most of the time is that if you feel good about yourself, if you accept who you are, then a lot of the foundation of work improvement becomes possible. third outcome we try to measure is responsible behavior. so we do a lot of enrichment, education enrichment activities, all the way starting from kindergarten all the way through high school. talk about decisions you make. what are the consequences? what are the options? and who are you? and why do you want to go certain ways? and then the fourth area is specific engagement. asian-americans, if there was one area i think we just throughout the united states
need to do is really change image we are not engaged. part is our cultural heritage because most of us are from governments where we distrust government because of corruption or because of persecution and suppression. so when you move to the united states and you embrace this country as your country, then you really need to learn about democracy and learn about participation. so civic engagement. our students have to perform 10 # 0 hours of communities service. we were engaged actively now with the census for next year, 2010. during the last election we explained to the student about importance of voting, including their families. and they would become -- you know, they learn civic lessons. then we talk about, now, you know, the whole idea of eating well, responsibility to the environment, going green -- >> being good citizens. >> right, exactly.
welcome back. jason king, tell us how turning the page is turning the lives of d.c. school children around specifically. >> one of the great things about d.c. is that we have such a vibrant community, from the neighborhoods to the museums and other great resources we have. we try to use that community as a learning platform so that parents, student and teachers can really think hard about how we all are here in d.c. learning together. for example, we have cameras that we provide to children. they take picture in the community and of their families and write essays about those pictures and their own families.
it gives the teachers an insight into the lives of their students. they could become stronger teachers by learning more about what's happening in the home, through their essays, through their powerful writing. we have exhibit openings in schools and museums where parents can celebrate student learning. the community engagement and family involvement is that we all can use our community as a learning background. we've partnered with more 20 local smithsonian museums. o we have students learn being a resource they never knew existed. students have been in sith sm n smithsonian with their essays. not just visitors they become part of a museum. >> you're giving children a better view of the world and giving their teachers and others better insight into them. that's wonderful. brenda jones, tell us about moving on, one of your programs at parkland.
>> yes, it is. moving on, a life-changing program, is designed to reach out to parents and adults who, as we say, are ready for change. we provide workshops for them weekly. that talks about decision-making. how they think -- what they think about as far as making decisions for themselves and their children. we also deal with parenting, effective communication with their children, how to discipline their children in a way that is also teaching them. we also have a family bonding component in which we do quarterly outings with the parents and their children to get them to improve the relationships within each other. we have a facility which is like a day center, in a sense. most of our clients are not working. so they're able to come in and
we also provide individual coaching to help them to resolve personal problems, issues that are before them. >> as we head into the holiday season, we here at news 4 have been focusing on what we call 12 days of giving. we're been looking at how our viewers can help a lot of organizations do a lot of the good work they're doing. how can our viewers get involved with parkland's community center? >> well, we would love to have a person maybe to serve as a mentor to a family. right now we have a family who is in need of a living room set. she doesn't have any living room furniture. also, just someone to talk to. a lot of times there are strains in families, among family members, and there's not a lot of support. we serve as support, as a safety net for those families also. so it would be great if we could also get cash donations. it would also help us to enhance
and improve our program. >> jason? >> we have a -- currently right now a use book sale going on to raise critical fund for our group. normally we raise a spring book sale. in these tough times we're holding a fall book sale going forward from friday, december 18th. we encourage people to come to the book sale and also look at our site, look at the work we're doing, potentially come into the schools, read with the children while parents are in the workshops and get involved in the work we're doing. >> rosetta? >> the community has been very supportive of our work. a lot of professionals become mentors to our students, but obviously, especially with the economic crisis, financial sustainability is the key issue. in fact, we voted at the last board retreat that this is their top priority as well. so we are right now going through a year-end solicitation. and then we are also gearing up for our annual dinner, which is our biggest fund-raiser.
that's happening early next year. we need lots of corporate sponsorship. we need donor base to expand. we understand as -- it has been mentioned that washington, d.c.'s a very generous community. but we have seen very little of individual giving. possibly because of our responsibility of not really talking about our needs. >> okay. well, you certainly talked, i think, very insightfully about your need today. we hope our viewers can help and get involved in the wonderful work you're doing. thank you, jason king of turning the page and brenda jones of parkland community center. happy holidays. thank you for being with us.
good morning, i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today" for sunday, december 13, 2009. we'll have the news in a moment but let's check in with meteorologist chuck bell for the latest on our forecast. >> good sunday morning to you and a good sunday morning to everybody out there watching this morning. it's cloudy and wet outside this morning. a little bit of light rain starting to come down across the area. temperatures are just barely above the freezing mark. and then some spots it's even just at the freezing mark. so we're having a little light freezing rain first thing this morning. there is a winter weather advisory posted for most of our northern and western suburbs. that goes until 10:00 this morning. loudoun county, virginia, out towards winchester, also the pan pajdz of west virginia, under the advisory as well. temperatures are hovering just barely above the freezing mark around town. martinsburg, west virginia, above freezing at this time. this very late rain continues to fall and will lower the temps to
about the freezing mark. patchy icing cannot be ruled out on any of the area roads. most of the major roads have been treated by now, but nonetheless, especially the secondary roads and bridges and overpasses, the usual suspects, could see a little icing first thing this morning. temperatures will climb well up into the low and mid-40s by later on this afternoon as heavier rain moves in. so we're really only under the gun for the next two or three hours before temperatures start to rise and heavier, steadier rain showers move in for later on this afternoon. eun? >> thank you, chuck. in the news this morning, maryland authorities are looking for a bogus cop getting women to pull over. a 20-year-old woman told police a fake officer pulled her over on route 15 in fredericks burg. he drove a black dodge charger with no markings and turned on flashes light. she gave him her license and registration and asked what police department he worked for. she said he drove away. she describes him as a tall, white male, a stocky build, brown haircut in a military
style. police he questioned a utah man whose wife disappeared a week ago but they have not named him as a suspect. 28-year-old susan powell has not been seen since last week. she wasn't feeling well. her husband josh ss he took the two young sons kavr camping after she went to bed. u.s. marines and afghan troops have wild kild at least seven taliban fighters during the first u.s.-led offensive since president barack obama announced a new war plan this week. u.s. military official said american and afghan troops have met little resistance since "operation cobra anger" was launched. >> if they want to fight us, they're scared of us. they know they can't beat us in a gun fight. yeah, they ran. they left the area.
they fled the area. we found tons of their equipment that they left behind. >> now, the area is a major supply and transportation hub for taliban forces that use a valley to move drugs, weapons and fighters south toward major populations and to provinces in western afghanistan. the outrage continues over president obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to afghanistan. dozens of protesters gathered in front of the white house yesterday. demonstrators said they are disappointed with president obama and they didn't expect him to escalate the war when they voted for him last year. about 100 peace activists organized the event. a real holiday show of force at the va medical center in washington. this was the 11th annual santa run motorcade yesterday. the fraternal oer of police teamed up with state department of security to pay the veterans a visit. not only do they take holiday cheer, they took presents to service members who spent the holidays in the hospital. some property owners in fairfax county could foot part
of the bill for a new metro station -- or new metro stations. part of the rail project. fairfax county supervisors have given preliminary approval to create a special tax direct. it would fund three metro stations. under that plan the county would collect up to 25 cents for every $100 of commercial property value. supporters hope to raise $300 million for construction costs. in the latest fallout, gillette announced it will phase woods out of its advertising. gillette is the first major sponsor to distance themselves from the golf superstar. the company says it is honoring the embattled golfer's wish for privacy. so far nike is standing behind the golferut at&t says it's resee value waiting their relationship. tiger woods, the face of the global management firm accenture and now banished from the company's website. a rough night for the caps and wizards. highlight from both teams games in this morning's "sports minute."
good morning, everyone. your "sports minute" begins with capitals on the road last night in toronto. caps arrived in canada a day after the game having having problems taking off from dell us the night before. niklas backstrom gave the caps a 2-0 lead but the maple leaves stormed back to win 6-3. the capitals pray their next three games on the road. in the nba last night, it appeared the wizards had a victory wrapped up against the pacers but dunleavy is fouled with 0.1 on the clock. hits both free throws giving indiana a one-point lead. wizards had one last shot but not enough time for a good one. they lose a heartbreaker. 114-113 is the final. big night for college football. heisman trophy presentation in new york. alabama running back mark ingram wins the prestigious award in the closest vote ever. ingram is the third straight sophomore to win the heisman. on the field yesterday, navy and army meeting for the 100th time. navy quarterback ricky daubs
scored his 24th rushing touchdown of the season, setting the record for most rushing tds by a quarterback. daubs beat army 17-3, capturing their seventh straight commander in chief trophy. that's your "sports minute." have a great day. 7:38 # is your time now. 36 degrees. coming up in the next half hour, the latest on the search for climbers who went missing on ft. hood.
would be a tall order. it is the nation's tallest christmas tree and it was lit at the "m" resort in las vegas last night. the tree stands 109 feet tall. that is more than 30 feet taller than the christmas tree at rockefeller plaza. also weighs in at a whopping 11 tons. that's a big tree. next up on nbc 4 is the "today" show beginning at 8:00 a.m. lester holt joins with us a preview of what's ahead. lester, good morning. we'll have lester later in the newscast. apparently we don't have lester. we'll check in in a little bit. about 900 people have been arrested at a climate change rally in copenhagen. police say the arrest helped prevent violence. young people threw bricks and smashed windows at government buildings. they were among the 30,000 demonstrators marching to demand action at the u.n. conference. climate rallies took place simultaneously in 130 countries around the world. only a few dozen took a stand on the national mall yesterday
afternoon. at dawn crews will resume their search for two climbers who are still missing on mt. hood. the body of a third cloimer was found yesterday about 9,000 feet up. the trio was last seen on friday after setting out on i climbing trip. they did not have a locator beacon with them. investigators say the climbers were experienced but conditions on the mountain were treacherous. in berkeley, cafornia, demonstrators threw fire bomb as the home of the chancellor of the university of california and police cars that led to eight people getting arrested. this video shows the aftermath of the mass rioting. about 70 protesters rallied outside the chancellor's home because of state funning cuts sha that have led to fewer courses, faculty furughs and fee hikes. demonstrators broke planters, windows and lights. now let's check in with lester holt once again. for the "today" show comes on at 8:00. good morning to you. >> hey, good morning. coming up this morning on "today," we're following a rescue effort atop oregon's mt.
hood. two climbers are missing, a third has been found dead. we'll have the latest on the search. and now tiger woods has stepped away from the game of golf indefinitely, the ripple effects on his response soreships have begun. we'll have more on the damage control, plus the personal toll on the golfer's marriage. then from scandals to awkward moments and viral video, we'll take a look at the year's top ten. courtesy of "time" magazine. plus, new questions about the british monarchy. is prince william being groomed to be the next king over his dad? we'll get the answer. and pick of the litter. meet the cleveland canine who gave birth to a whole lot of puppies. wait until you hear just how many. how mom and her mu broad and new owner are doing this morning as they join us exclusively on "today." back to you. >> very cute. i'm feeling bad for the mom, lester. >> you know, i'm -- i know i wasn't supposed to tell you. 20, 20 puppiepuppies. now you feel bad.
>> now i feel real bad. >> that's crazy. >> i didn't think that was possible. we'll check in with you later. thanks. >> we'll see you. bye-bye. well, the washington state coffee shop where four police officers were murdered is now opened again. hundreds of police officers and customers lined up outside of the coffee shop in tacoma for the coffee shop's opening. they entered at 8:04 a.m. that's the time with four lakewood police officers were ambushed. the shooter was later killed by lakewood police officers. police officers express gratitude of the outpouring of support the department has received. >> public support and the support from other departments, i can't even begin to put it into words. what it's meant t all of us. the city of lakewood and lakewood pd and our community. >> each of the 21 coffee shop branches in washington and colorado will feature plaques honoring the four officers, plus
a seattle officer shot and killed in an unrelated attack in october. the company said every new branch will open its first day at 8:14 a.m. >> nice little tribute. >> very fitting. what we have around our area this morning is mostly just in the form of rain but it is cold enough to make a little bit of slippery goi out there for you. first thing on your sunday. detailed check of today's forecast and a look down into the work and school week coming
in western new york, they're clearing as much as three feet of snow that fell over two frigid days of whiteout conditions, shutting down interstate highways and stranding motorists. in the west, the second big storm in a week is moving in from the pacific ocean, turning southern california into a soggy mess and triggering minor mudslides. with four feet of snow forecasted from the sierra mountains to the rockies. wow. there are some snow lovers want snow here. they're like that last one, we had a lot of flurries but nothing stuck. we want real snow. >> and it did stick in our western suburbs, the last one did, remember? yeah, we haven't had much here in the washington area. yeah, we would all -- i wouldn't say all. >> not all. >> there's a few of you out there that don't want any snow. shame on you for ruining our fun. >> that's me, i have to drive in it, work in it. you're a meteorologist, you don't count. >> hello.
days on. as soon as snow shows up in the forecast, days off are not able to be come by in the weather office. that's all right. i like working on the snowy days. it's fun. outside right now, it's -- you know, this is the kind of day that's not so fun because it's cloudy and wet and it's cold. and it's not really snowing. not going to see much am the way of snowflakes today. a few frozen rain drops and a sleet pellet or two. that's about most of it. temperature right now at national airport is holding at 36 degrees. the dew point at 30. those numbers are getting closer and closer together. once that dew point temperatures gets above 32, that is when we will really be able to say that our threat for some frozen precip is gone. haven't had a cold december in a while now. the last four years have been mild decembers. last time we had a colder than average december was 2005. here's our winter weather advisory now. montgomery county, howard county, frederick county, washington county, all in the great state of maryland, under the winter weather advisory.
panhandle of west virginia and much of northern virginia under the gun for at least a potential for some wintry weather. temperatures are not in the 20s really anywhere across the area, so that is welcome news. dew point temperatures remain below freezing. as the rain drops fall down, signing on the radar, as these raindrops fall down through that not saturated air, it can lower the air temperatures down to the dew points. that's why it's called the dew point. once we get the dew points above the freezing mark, things will start to improve around here. there's a lot more rain coming our way for late this morning and through the afternoon hours. that will be all in the form of rain. this storm is coming up out of the gulf of mexico and as a result it has a lot of warm air, especially warm air aloft. as a result, we're in store for a very rainy sunday afternoon. if you're headed up to see the ravens and detroit lions play in maryland, be on the lookouts. that's going to be a cold, wet day in the stand. hopefully your team wins. this main area of snow drifts by by late this afternoon and early
this evening. we'll end up with clearing skies overnight tonight and a decent amount of sunshine comes back into the area for tomorrow. and another chance of just a passing sprinkle o two comes in on tuesday. for today, a little chance of some icing around first thing this morning. rising temperatures and a steady rain for later on this afternoon. some spots could get as much as an inch of rain today. 45 our high here in washington by the end of the day. 50 tomorrow. 55 on tuesday with a chance of a passing shower. but that tuesday storm doesn't look like it's going to be a big deal. and you're teasing me about saying we'll have plenty of arctic sunshine around here later. yes, there is such a thing as arctic sunshine. >> will it be warm, though? >> no. >> thank you. another heart-breaking loss for the wizards. >> good morning, everyone. the wizards have certainly underachieved in their first 20 games with the 7-13 record. last night just when you thought the wizards might be turning things around, they found another way to disappoint. you have to see this to believe
it at verizon center, flip saunders would watch his team fight back from a 17-point first half deficit. early third quarter, wizards chipping away. arenas ahead to jamison for the lay-in. jamison with a team high 31 points. as for gilbert, he had a pretty good night, too. still in the third. gilbert with the ball. drives strong to the bucket. draws the contact. makes the circus layup nifty. plus he's fouled. arenas went for the triple-double. under 30 seconds to play. wizards up two. earl boin kin so smith. things get interesting. 0 0.5 to go, indiana with a chance to win it. inbounds pass goes to mike dunleavy under the bucket. throws it up, no good. it's over, right? no, a foul on haywood so dunleavy goes to the ft. if the line. makes the first one. gilbert can't bear to watch the second. second free throw good. wizards have a chance with 0.1.
mcgee, his attempt, throws it up. no good. wizards find another way to lose. they fall 114 shif 113 to the pacers. down a level, maryland hosting eastern kentucky. gravis didn't start. terps up in transition, drives to the bucket here, gets it to go. counit. gravis with 20 point off the bench. second half, good ball movement by maryland. vazquez kicks it out to hayes. knocks down the triple. maryland lead by five. hayes finished with 16 points. under ten minutes to go. maryland up two. hayes has the ball, drives, sses, but mill bst born there with the rebound and put back. he's fouled. 19 points. the terps win it 83-72. well, after their overtime winfrey night against caroline nas, the capitals were scheduled to fly to toronto. instead they were sent home because their plane this mechanical problems so they didn't get to toronto until later yesterday afternoon.
so they're pros so they should be okay, right if that might be true. everything wasn't a-okay on the ice. boudreau back in his hometown of toronto. we pick it up in the first period. caps up 1-0. backstrom with the puck, leaves it for ovechkin. returns the favor, passes it back to him, sneaks in front and scores. it's backstrom's second goal of the night. but toronto comes back big time. down 3-2 and on the offensive. chaos here in front of the net. loose puck, niklas hagman gets it, spins and beats rookie netminder. caps on the power play. they turn it over. it's two-on-three. matt stajan feeds stempniak, he scores a shorthanded goal there. the caps go down 6-3. they play their next three games on the road. well, it's one of the biggest nights in college football, the heisman trophy presentation in downtown new york.
alabama running back mark ingram wins the prestigious award in the closest vote ever. ingram is the third straight sophomore to win the heisman. meantime, navy quarterback ricky daubs, who's hoping to run for president in the year 2040 ran into the record books yesterday afternoon setting the single season mark for most rushing touchdowns by a qb. you know, navy's mascot, the billy goats h a front row seat for this one. his first army/navy game, memorable. to the air, a 25 yard scoring strike curry. mids up 10-3. then the fourth quarter, navy's coach so nervous, can't even watch. hope he didn't miss this, though. second and goal, daubs rushes left. his 24th rushing touchdown. that's the record. navy wins it 17-3. captures its seventh straight commander in chief trophy. well, it was championship saturday for three of our area high school football teams. stonebridge going for its second crown in three years but they lose to febus 15-10.
lake brad dock's quest falls short in a 35-21 defeat. good news, broad run coming home as yeah tock back champs. we start in blacksburg. spa are tans take control. broad run leaves amherst 7-0. nird quarter, thomas on the run, scoot in for the touchdown. broad run just taking it to herst. then in the fourth, broad run comes up huge. to david weaver, weaver does the rest, scoring from about 30 yards out. that's it. broad run wins it 21-16. congratulations to them. their second straight championship. char le charlottesville. late second quarter, junior qb takes it himself from one yard out, dives in for the score. his 24th rushing td of the season. bruins cut the lead to seven. third quarter, bruins down, out of the shotgun, one of the best qbs in the nation. didn't have his best game.
picked off by mike edmonds. he returns it 22 yards for the touchdown. lake brad dock falls 35-21. a heart-breaker for the bruins. mickey thompson and stonebridge in a division 5 state final. opening kickoff, stone bridge trails 9-3. colby goodwin, field at his own 2 yard line. colby goodwin, a talented young man, avoids a couple tackles. an abundance of running on this play. goodwin goes 98 yards for the touchdown, second td on e day. ensuing stonebridge possession, bulldogs drive down to the 21 yard line, harris muscles his way in from 6. bulldogs back in business. cuts the lead to five. 2:30 to play. stonebridge trails by five, need 12 yards for the first down but roady over the middle, picked off. third turnover by the bulldogs. that seals the game.
15-10, capturing their second straight title. what a season for the bulldogs finishing with a 12-2 record and likely be back in contention next year. that's your morning sports. have a great day. talk about expensive taste. huge truffles went on the auction block in rome yesterday. we're not talking about chocolate, people. some of the priciest sold for a quarter million dollars. a video says they're sold all over the world. truffles are among the world's most expensive delicacies. white truffles are known as white gold. all the proceeds from the auction will go to charity. wow. and that is it for "news 4 today." thanks for joining us. the "today" show is next. we'll be back in 25 minutes with the local news update. join us at 9:00 for a full hour of news, weather and sports.